Partner and Channel Organization to Transition to Novell CMO John Dragoon
Novell today announced changes to the executive management team in Europe, the Middle East and Africa (EMEA) and to its partner and channel organization. Javier Colado, currently vice president and general manager of partners, will be promoted to the post of president, Novell EMEA, with overall responsibility for sales and business operations in these territories. Colado will report to Novell president and CEO Ron Hovsepian. He replaces Volker Smid who has held the post since December 2006, and is leaving to pursue other interests. Mr. Colado will assume his new role after concluding his current assignment of creating and launching Novell's next-generation global channel and partner program. Upon Colado's assumption of the EMEA president role, his partner responsibilities, including the execution and leadership of Novell's partner programs, will transition as planned to Novell's marketing organization and report to John Dragoon, who will continue to serve as Novell's chief marketing officer.
"I am very pleased to announce Javier's appointment which will help drive the growth opportunities we see in EMEA," said Ron Hovsepian, president and CEO. "Javier's leadership in launching Novell's new channel strategy, as well as his strong sales management experience, will serve him well in his new role and enhance the execution of our new partner-centric model in EMEA. Likewise, the work Javier and John have done together on our new partner and marketing programs will assure their seamless and integrated execution, upon the transition of the partner responsibilities to John."
Colado joined Novell in 2006 as area general manager and vice president for western Europe, Middle East, and Africa where he was responsible for all operations, sales and marketing. Most recently, he was appointed general manager of partners responsible for driving channel strategy, identifying and recruiting new partners, and championing internal transformation. Prior to Novell, Colado held senior executive positions with McAfee and Lucent Technologies, where he helped spearhead business partner and channel strategy and sales.
Dragoon joined Novell in 2003 as vice president of marketing for the Americas. He was appointed senior vice president and chief marketing officer in 2006 and is responsible for all aspects of Novell's marketing strategy and activities worldwide, including corporate marketing, field marketing, partner and channel marketing, product and solution marketing, sales enablement and marketing operations functions. Prior to Novell, Dragoon held senior executive positions at Art Technology Group, Internet Capital Group and IBM.
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